Friday, January 26, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 4...

1.  Working a full day of work today.

2.  After sticking close to home so much lately, I needed a day out earlier this week.  I went to Tuesday Morning and had fun browsing; and when I saw something I was interested in, I put my noggin to figuring out how to use something I already have to do the same thing.  I did buy something for a gift...I had been shopping around for this particular item quite a bit lately, and was happy with the price and design of this one.

3.  I also stopped by Dollar Tree, mostly because after shopping around and listening to people hacking and sneezing I really wanted some anti-bacterial handwipes.  While I was there I picked up a tube of Crest, a bag of caramels (and three other items which I cannot even recall) in addition to the hand wipes.  When I swiped my debit card, it was declined...twice.  I didn't want to write a check or use another card, so I just asked the cashier to cancel the purchase.  The very nice gentleman in line behind me offered to pay for my things.  It kind of embarrassed me, and I thanked him but declined.  None of the items were urgently needed, so was happy to save the $6.41.

4.   My bank called saying that there was some possible fraudulent activity on my debit card.  (Explains why it was declined at Dollar Tree.)  I verified that I had made all the charges in question, so they lifted the activity hold they had on my account.  I not only saved that $6.41 at Dollar Tree, but did not have to deal with correcting fraudulent charges!  Whew!!!  

5.  I had 'pay quarterly life insurance premium' on my to-do list this week...then I realized I had paid it last month.  Yea!

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday supper at Kasey's
Monday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches
Tuesday:  Beef and rice, green beans w/ garlic & lemon butter
Wednesday:  Virginia's Taco Soup and cornbread
Thursday:  shredded beef tacos with grilled vegetables
Friday:  leftovers

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)


  1. What a kind gesture by the gentleman in line behind you. I love it when I get to the drive-up window at Starbucks and the person in front of me has paid for my order. I pay it forward by paying for the car behind me - I wonder how long the domino effect goes?

  2. I have cooked from the larder and the freezer all month with just a few bought vegetables and salad. I am not a great one for formal budgeting but I am sure our January spend is right down. I have just spent £25 though on a yoghurt maker. I am trying to cut down on the number of plastic pots, bags and plastic trays from the supermarket and as we eat Yoghurt 3 or 4 days a week at breakfast I am going to make my own. I used to do it a lot when my children were at home. I know I could have used a wide topped flask but the maker has a thermostat and will give less hit and miss results. I’ll let you know!
    The other thing I am doing is buying my fruit and veg from an independent greengrocer rather than a supermarket. This means I get fresher veg and use no plastic at all. Trying to save the planet one step at a time!


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